By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

Frustrated drivers on U.S. 101 in Brookings were backed up in both directions for more than two hours Tuesday after an Alpha Omega logging truck split as it made a right turn from North Bank Chetco River Road onto the highway.

Brookings police received the call at 8:54 a.m., according to Officer Rob Johnson.

“The stinger connecting the two halves of the trailer broke internally,” Oregon State Police Sgt. Dave Aydelotte said. “But the logs were wrapped correctly and held everything together.”

The driver remained on scene until everything was cleaned up but declined to comment.

No one was injured, according to Aydelotte. He said when the trailer broke free, the trailer-brakes came on –– an example of safety equipment working properly. No logs were spilled.

It was an inconvenience for everyone, Aydelotte added, while looking at traffic trailing of into the distance. “But no one was hurt, and that’s what matters to us.”

The truck was hauling for South Coast Lumber, according to Johnson, and the company sent a hoist-truck, loaded the logs onto that truck and hauled them away while city personal vacuumed debris off the street.

Oregon State Police, the Brookings Police Department, Brookings Fire and Rescue, Harbor Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation responded and helped at the scene, according to Johnson and Aydelotte.

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